Funding available for not-for-profit organisations or sporting clubs

Funding available for not-for-profit organisations or sporting clubs


At SRJ Walker Wayland we understand that running your not-for-profit comes with a unique set of struggles.  One of those key struggles involves accessing funding to enable you to continue to serve your community and achieve your vision.

Thriving not-for-profits need to ensure their funding comes from as many different sources as possible.  As such, we’ve compiled a list of some key funding opportunities that are currently available in the not-for-profit space.

  1. Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF)

The GCBF is Queensland’s largest one-off community grants program providing funding of between $500 and $35,000 to not-for-profit community groups to enhance their capacity to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Applications for project funding are prioritised as follows:

  1. Applications by organisations affected by a declared natural disaster in the last 2 years
  2. Applications for the purchase of equipment and/or facility improvements
  3. Applications for the purchase of buses, cars, caravans, boats, tractors, trailers, large mowers, motorbikes and similar items
  4. Applications for community events, training, workshops, programs and festivals
  5. Applications by organisations that have received a grant or grants from the GCBF of more than $15,000 in the past two years

Applications must be completed online via the GCBF portal.  As such, you must first register their organisation before you can complete your application.  But, hurry, this round of funding closes on 31 May 2018.

  1. 2018 Social Investments Grant Program

This is the annual grant that is available from the Community Sector Banking organisation.  Each year, an area for funding is chosen that will generate the most impact for the community.  The theme for 2018 is “Building resilience and capability in people experiencing homelessness or domestic abuse.”

If you are a not-for-profit who is considering a project that will support this objective then this program may provide funding to your organisation of either $25,000 or $50,000 to help you achieve this.  Once again, time is of the essence as applications must be lodged by 31 May 2018.

  1. Solar Communities Program

Does your not-for-profit organisation need help to reduce your energy costs?  If so, this initiative may be of interest to you!  This program will provide grants from $2,500 to $12,500 to not-for-profit community organisations in eligible regions to install renewable energy systems including solar panels, solar batteries and solar hot water systems.  Eligible Queensland regions are the following electorates:

  • Brisbane
  • Lilley
  • Bonner
  • Moreton
  • Forde
  • Herbert

Applications must be completed online by 31 May 2018 and supporting documentation, including quotes and letters of consent from building owners, is required.

  1. Get Going Clubs

Get Going Clubs provides funding of up to $7,500 to Queensland sport and active recreation organizations to improve their club capabilities.

Eligible projects are those that improve club capabilities to:

  • provide quality sport and recreation activities
  • improve access to sport and recreation opportunities
  • deliver new opportunities to engage in sport and recreation.

Your organisation can request funding for one project with any combination of the following components:

  • education and training – including coaching and accreditation and training to assist with governance and organisational capabilities (e.g. on financial management systems etcetera)
  • equipment – includes equipment to support participation of a new audience (e.g. people with disabilities), portable shade structures, technology devices such as laptops and software,
  • participation – initiatives that reduce barriers to participation including development of introductory or modified programs, promotional activities such as coaching development kits and advertising campaigns and team kits such as jerseys

You will need to register in the Grant Registration Portal (GRP) in Enquire (grants management system) as applications are online.  In addition to relevant quotes it is highly recommended to also provide supporting evidence such as membership figures, local statistics, research, survey results or reference to your organization’s strategic plan.  Applications close 29 June 2018.

And finally, …. some breaking news!  Round 7 of the Get Playing Places and Spaces Program opens on 2 July 2018.  This program provides funding of up to $150,000 to eligible sporting organisations for infrastructure development so that more Queenslanders can be involved in sport and active recreation.   We will provide further details closer to the opening date.

Where to from here?

If you would like any further information or assistance with putting your application together, please contact Dianne Brown from SRJ Walker Wayland on 07 3490 9988 as soon as possible.